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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Don't you find that obsession can be a rather bi-polar attribute to possess at times? On the one hand, it can cloud your judgement and cause you to do daft things. Whilst on the other hand, it can keep you're mind focused and accomplish rather bold things too. Take Tim Drake in this issue called 'Red Robin' for instance. He does both simultaneously.
- Well, not only does this golden haired child win accolades in many diverse subjects of note. But in addition to this, he also wants to figure out Batman's secret identity to boot.
- Granted, Batman does try to deter Tim from accomplishing this strange task, going so far as to warn him on more than once occasion to stay away.
- However, do you think Tim will listen to him? No. Not really. Leading his parents to go into hiding because of a brash ploy Tim's has instigated. And him starting a new life as a side-kick whose not really a side-kick.
A beginning of sorts.
One of the wittiest pieces of dialogue in this issue was what Bruce internally stated to Alfred, in relation to him not wanting Tim to be his new partner.
ALFRED: A perfectly reasonable sentiment, sir.
BRUCE: That's Alfred's version of 'Whatever'.
Ha! Brilliant comeback, right? Batman should give up the cowl and do stand-up instead.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I have to confess, as a story in its own right, this issue wasn't a bad read really. There was character. There was an overall story-arc. Plus there was a bit of pathos thrown into the mix for good measure. However, in the same vein...
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
... continuity has been kicked into touch by default. So it's bye-bye 'A Lonely Place Of Dying'. See you later award winning 'Robin ongoing-series'. And sayonara 'Anything associated with Tim, his parents, or him being Robin pre-DCnU'.
Also, another thing that didn't make any sense to me; if Tim was supposed to be so cleaver, why the hell did he devise a scheme that would put the people he loved the most in the world -- i.e. his parents -- in jeopardy? Silly thing to do for such a cleaver person, huh?
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: The one very creative thing I found about this yarn, was how it defined Tim's character compared to Batman's other 'Robins'. Conceptually he's now a mixture of both Jason and Dick, with a spattering of Bruce's temperament thrown in for flavor.
Boy-oh-boy! No wonder why this story didn't make any sense in places, ha!
ART: Now if my twitter buddy, Brett Booth, ever decided to leave this book in the near future (preferably to a book that needs a great artist), I wouldn't mind seeing him being replaced by Tyler Kirkham. Honest to God, his stuff on this story is much better than any of his wares over on the 'NewGuardians' title. More polished somehow, sleeker even.
TIM: Now if Tim was a soft drink, what would he be? Yeah! That's what I was thinking too. An espresso. Tangy. Addictive. And can leave a bitter aftertaste if you drink too much of it.
TIM'S DAD: As for Tim's Dad on the other hand? Well? What about Papaya juice? One taste; and you'd want some more in the far-far future.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Be Very Careful What You Wish For, Because You May Just Get It.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
Now a small part of me wanted to compare this issue with 'Forest Gump', because it's a story about a unique individual who accomplishes some very marvellous things. But because I have used this movie recently in a comparison, I best compare it to
Forest's predecessor --
'Being There' starring Peter
Sellers -- just with a central character that's a lot less... errr...
If you stand back and look at this issue from a distance, it really was a bi-polar story of immense proportions. From a literary stand-point, it was a great read, with a bit of confusion thrown in to illustrate that Tim is a flawed character. From a continuity stand-point, though -- BANG! -- it has ripped Tim's incremental beginnings to shreds, replacing it with a story that needs some more time to gestate and grow within the DCnU proper.
But will the fans allow that, huh? That's the question.
MARKS out of 10? 8